Volunteers like Trish Pascuzzo were treated to an afternoon tea by Captain Ross Mattson.
Volunteers like Trish Pascuzzo were treated to an afternoon tea by Captain Ross Mattson. Kerry Thomas

Sadness as Endeavour crew disbands

DESPITE the scones and other delicious cakes on offer, the Endeavour's volunteer afternoon tea was a bittersweet affair.

“It's always a sad part of the journey when we have to say goodbye to fellow shipmates,” Captain Ross Mattson said.

“We cannot, and I repeat, cannot, do this (trip) without the assistance of volunteers like yourselves.”

The Endeavour will be leaving Gladstone tomorrow to begin a 12-day journey to Townsville, and yesterday the crew held a farewell afternoon tea as a thank you to the volunteers who helped the crew while here.

The volunteers, who helped with the crowds and tours, had to learn swag-loads of information in order to educate Gladstone residents about the Endeavour and its journey.

“It was brilliant,” volunteer Gayle Black said of the experience.

“It's been very educational. You're never too old to learn! I doubt that there's a child (who went on the ship) who doesn't know what a ‘seat of ease' is now.”

For those not in the know, a seat of ease is a seat with a hole in it that hangs over the edge of the boat used, back in the day, for relieving oneself.

“The kids got a real kick out of it,” Ms Black said.

Fellow volunteer Garth Schmith is also sad to see this ship sail. Mr Schmith, who also volunteered with the Endeavour in Townsville 15 years ago, said that people came from far and wide to see it.

“There are people here from Hervey Bay and Nowra who have travelled in to have a look,” he said.

The Endeavour proved to be a huge success in Gladstone, with approximately 3530 people climbing onboard during its six-day stay.

According to Captain Mattson, these numbers were equivalent to what the Endeavour attracted in Brisbane.



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